Top Mechanics For Shock Absorber Replacement & Repairs
Garage in Hartcliffe, 5 years of experience
Carbase 2018 - 2022- Technician for 4 year doing various jobs such as major servicing, clutch replacement, cambelt replacement, alternator replacement, suspension replacement, light diagnostics and component...
EMMA • 27th May 2023
Mobile mechanic in Adelvile, 10 years of experience
Hello I have been in the automotive industry for over 10 years. and I can help you with any questions
Garage in London, 15 years of experience
I have been working as mechanic from the age of 16 started apprenticeship with ford trust dealership for two years then Bmw dealership and become level 3 technician after 5 years I then joined my family b...
Shock absorbers replacement - rear (pair)
Brake pipe replacement - rear (driver side)
Brake pipe replacement - rear (passenger side)
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JOHN • 24th May 2023
Mobile mechanic in Doncaster, 25 years of experience
I graduated from North Notts College and then moved on to do my apprenticeship at a placement in Retford, Nottinghamshire. The garage I worked out of specialized in Vauxhall repairs and servicing. I learned ...
I'm delighted with the service I received.”
DAVE • 23rd May 2023
Mobile mechanic in Bedford, 24 years of experience
I completed my apprenticeship at Mercedes Benz qualifying as a light vehicle technician. I am on the professional register with the IMI. I have experience in diagnostics, electrics and vehicle maintenance. I...
Garage in Chorley, 14 years of experience
We are an 'on-site' mobile vehicle maintenance providers across the North West. We attend your home, place of work or site, we offer an efficient resolution your vehicle's issues effectively. At JD vehicle m...
MICHAEL • 8th May 2023
Garage in Bridgwater, 15 years of experience
Starting my apprenticeship at Renault I then moved to a local independent garage where I spent 11 years building my mechanical knowledge. I then made the transition to self-employed were I offer a mobile ser...
Mobile mechanic in Gravesend, 10 years of experience
Here is just some of the work I have covered in the past. Alternators, starter motors, clutches, wheel bearings, turbos, radiators, exhausts, brake callipers, brake drums, brake shoes, pads and discs, suspen...
Arrived on time.
Carried out the work in good time and to a high standard and was polite.
An all round great service”
MATT • 6th May 2023
Volkswagen Passat • Shock absorbers replacement - rear (pair)
Mobile mechanic in Bury, 9 years of experience
I began my career with LandRover where I completed my apprenticeship and was with the company for around 3 years. I moved to BMW/Mini for 5 years before setting up my own mobile mechanic business in 2016 cal...
OLI • 3rd May 2023
Garage in Pinner, 5 years of experience
We have been operating in Northwest and West London since 2018, providing the best experience to our costumers. We are your go to garage for MOTs, Services, Brakes, Exhaust, Suspension and other repairs. ...
Garage in Wolverhampton, 22 years of experience
Hi, my name is Darren Branch. I have been working on cars most of my life, with 21 years worth of PROFESSIONAL experience. I have long realised that it is not the actual garage that you should be putting yo...
Garage in Potters Bar, 35 years of experience
I have worked as a mechanic for over 35 years. I have experience with all types of vehicles including American models. I also have a lot of experience in motorcycles and vans repairs and servicing . Worked ...
Garage in Wrexham, 25 years of experience
AVS are the on-site servicing and repair experts, we are main dealer trained technicians to ensure quality of work , we come to you at home or work, Avs will protect your warranty by using genuine parts and...
Garage in Stevenage , 20 years of experience
I began my mechanical career with Peugeot/Citroen where I completed my full apprenticeship and spent 4 years there. I moved to work with Renault for around 3 years before moving to VW/Audi for 4 years. I rel...
ALEXANDRA • 17th April 2023
Garage in Nottingham, 15 years of experience
Started out in a back street garage then did multiple years at Ford main dealer doing basic servicing to full engine rebuilds and mots then went to work at a transport company as garage manger working on car...
MATTHEW • 14th April 2023
Frequently asked questions about shock absorber replacement & repairs
Read our answers to questions about shock absorber replacement costs, symptoms and more.
What does a Shock Absorber do?
The shock absorber is a component of the suspension system that evens out the irregularities of the road surface the car navigates. It is mounted on one side to the car's chassis or body and on the other to one of the wheel's wishbones.
Essentially, the shock absorber consists of a tube filled with gas or oil that is compressed by a piston. It essentially dissipates the kinetic energy generated by the road.
What does a shock absorber replacement involve?
- The mechanic will test drive the car to establish the possible cause of the problem.
- The mechanic will inspect the suspension system and shock absorbers in detail.
- If necessary, the mechanic will replace the worn or broken shock absorber.
- The mechanic will advise if other components need to be replaced.
- The mechanic will check the suspension again and test drive the car.
- If necessary, the mechanic will make adjustments.
Can you replace shock absorbers yourself?
Unless you are a qualified mechanic with the required skills, training and equipment to do the job, we strongly recommend a shock absorbers replacement is only carried out by a professional mechanic. ClickMechanic can help get you a vetted and local mechanic to carry out the work. Just enter your postcode and your car's registration number at the top of this page and select the work needed to get an instant fixed price up front.
How do I know if my shock absorbers are worn and need replacing?
- When the car bounces on excessively after driving over a hump or similar.
- When the car feels unstable going through corners or rough services.
- When the impact of navigating over humps is harder than normal.
- When there is a puddle of oil-like fluid underneath the car near a wheel.
- When the tyres lose touch with the ground after a shock absorption.
How long will a shock absorbers replacement take?
A front shock absorbers replacement on average takes around 2 hour, but can take anywhere from around 1.5 hours to 3 hours. A rear shock absorbers replacement takes on average 1 hour, but can range from under 1 hour to 2 hours. Ultimately, the time that the job will take will depend on a number of factors, like your vehicle's make and model, year, as well as other factors. Select your car at the top of this page for information on job time and cost for your vehicle through ClickMechanic.
How often should shock absorbers be replaced?
Always service the shock absorbers as and when stipulated in the guidelines set out by your car's manufacturer. Should you experience problems with a shock absorber then it is advisable to have the system inspected and, if necessary, have the bad shock absorber replaced.
What happens if you don't replace shock absorbers?
Over time, a shock absorber's condition can deteriorate due to the fact that it is in constant use when the car is driven. Eventually, it can be that fluid or gas starts to leak out of the shock absorber which can, for example, be due to a leaking valve inside. A bad shock absorber will cause an unstable ride, through corners.
Equally, it can be that the car rocks excessively when going over humps or when stopping the car, bouncing for a prolonged period after the actual shock absorption. Issues with the shock absorbers that are not addressed can lead to a variety of other, more expensive, issues; among which is excessive tyre wear. It is therefore important to address issues with the shock absorber timely and professionally to ensure an optimal ride and prevent further damage.
Can you drive a car with a broken shock absorber?
Driving with a broken shock absorber will mean that the vehicle is unable to absorb the shocks from the road as you drive which could furthermore cause damage to other components on the car. Furthermore it could lead to a loss of control of the vehicle as the vehicle will not handle as intended. If you experience any untoward characteristics in the handling of your vehicle, or if you suspect there is any issue with a shock absorber or there are concerns about its age or condition, book a diagnostic inspection with a professional mechanic immediately and do not drive the vehicle. A mechanic can check and advise on next steps.
What causes a shock absorber to fail?
Over time, the seals and components of a shock absorber can degrade, leading to fluid leaks and reduced performance. In some cases, a shock absorber can also become damaged due to a collision or other external forces.
Are shock absorbers checked during an MOT test?
Yes, shock absorbers along with the entire suspension system is checked during an annual MOT test.
If a shock absorber is found to no longer have adequate damping effect, the bush is excessively worn or is not attached securely then it will be categorised as a major fault, which means your vehicle will fail the MOT.
Is a leaking shock absorber an MOT failure?
A leaking shock absorber is not an MOT failure, but it is something that should be fixed as soon as possible. A leaking shock absorber can cause a rough ride and excessive noise from the suspension. Sometimes, if the leak is very obvious and severe, then there is a chance the vehicle could fail an MOT.
Do I need to replace all 4 shocks at once?
It is recommended to replace shock absorbers across the axle at the same time, so both shocks at the front or both at the rear of the vehicle. This will help ensure the vehicle's suspension system is evenly balanced. This will ensure that the vehicle rides smoothly and does not experience any uneven wear and tear.
Is it safe to drive with a leaking shock absorber?
It is not safe to drive with a leaking shock absorber. If the fluid leaks out, the shock absorber will not be able to dampen the movement of the suspension, which can lead to a loss of control of the vehicle. You should get it checked and replaced as soon as possible.
Is it dangerous to drive with bad struts?
Driving with bad struts can be dangerous as they provide support for the vehicle’s suspension and can affect the alignment of the wheels. This can lead to difficulty steering and increased braking distances.
Can I drive my car with bad shocks?
It is not recommended to drive a car with bad shocks, as they can cause a number of problems. Bad shocks can cause the car to bounce around on the road, making it difficult to control. They can also cause the tires to wear out prematurely and can cause the suspension to wear out as well. It is a safety hazard for the driver so it is recommended to get them replaced as soon as possible to avoid any further damage to the suspension system
Should you replace both front shock absorbers?
If the front shock absorbers are leaking or damaged, it is highly recommended that you replace both of them at the same time. This will help ensure that your vehicle's suspension system is evenly balanced.
How much does it cost to replace shock absorbers?
Cost for a front shock absorber replacement is on average £300, with pricing ranging from around £200 to £500. Rear shock absorber replacement costs varies from £150 to £400, with an average of £225. Ultimately, cost depends on your car and what parts your car's manufacturer recommends using for the replacement. Find out what you could save by having your shock absorber replaced by ClickMechanic by selecting your car at the top of this page!
Check out the ClickMechanic price for a shock absorber replacement. See the averages for different makes below. We consolidate industry standard data with millions of data points to give you the most accurate price. These estimates may include Front shock absorber, Rear shock absorber, Suspension airbag (driver side), Suspension airbag (passenger side), Suspension airbag (driver side) and/or Suspension airbag (passenger side).
|Audi||£472||Get exact price|
|BMW||£480||Get exact price|
|Citroen||£387||Get exact price|
|Ford||£319||Get exact price|
|Land Rover||£622||Get exact price|
|Mercedes-Benz||£559||Get exact price|
|Nissan||£377||Get exact price|
|Peugeot||£365||Get exact price|
|Renault||£341||Get exact price|
|Toyota||£378||Get exact price|
|Vauxhall||£290||Get exact price|
|Volkswagen||£357||Get exact price|
Estimates on average repair costs, such as the above results for a shock absorber replacement, are based on ClickMechanic's quote data which combines multiple third-party sources. Actual costs may vary. We provide estimates on average repair costs for information only and accept no liability for any inaccuracies or errors. If you think an estimate is incorrect, please contact us to let us know.
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Mechanics that undertake shock absorber work
- Gordon's Autos, Louth
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